Local hospital sees uptick in heat-related patient visits

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JACKSON, Tenn. — As the hottest week of the year continues in the city of Jackson, some of the consequences from the oppressive weather are becoming more apparent. At Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, officials say they’ve seen a noticeable increase in the number of patients coming in with issues related to this week’s suppressing heat. Officials who see many of these victims of the heat first hand tell us why sweating is often a good thing. “Once you stop sweating, that’s not that you’re getting used to being out in the heat,” said Dr. Michael Revelle, EMS medical director at Jackson General. “That can indicate, one, you’re terribly dehydrated or your core body temperature has risen to the point where you’re in trouble.” As of now, this week’s heat advisory is scheduled to expire at 7 p.m. Wednesday. But as we’ve learned this week, that advisory could be extended again.

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